Sharon van Etten

The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Prince, Betty Who

Look, I’m all for a big-booty anthem, but trust me when I say: Iggy-Iggs and J.Lo aren’t the droids you’re looking for. So here are some that are.

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The 25 Best Songs of 2014 So Far

Last week we brought you the top 25 albums of 2014 so far, but we couldn’t let the midyear pass without taking a look at the best songs up until this point. This being a singles list, it’s heavy on your Iggys and your Charlis and your Sias, but you’ll also find choice album cuts from some of the year’s best rock LPs, like EMA, The War on Drugs, Against Me!, and more. And finally, we tossed in a few you may not have heard yet, hopefully inspiring you to check out the underrated tunes that haven’t been critical faves or Hot 100… Read More

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The 25 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

It’s getting toward the end of June, which means… mid-year list time! It’s been a strange year for music thus far, with plenty to like but relatively little to love, and as a result, our annual state-of-the-year-in-progress list is an eclectic affair, encompassing genres as diverse as studies on an imagined pseudo-China, dystopian futurist pop, food-centric neo-soul, and an epic triple album that’s likely to generate a panic attack and/or an existential crisis. And strangest of all, perhaps, hip hop from… Read More

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Song of the Summer: 21 Musicians on Their Personal Picks for 2014

There are very few things music fans universally agree on, but each summer we’re somehow able to come to the consensus that a handful of mainstream hits will soundtrack the season in a big way. This year, we see various combinations of Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande leading the fight for the crown, with Lil Jon and DJ Snake and Ed Sheeran trailing closely behind. Whichever hit takes the title will be memorialized as 2014’s Song of the Summer, but there is something to be said for our own personal Songs of the Summer — the ones whose significance is rooted more in our memories than in chart history. That’s why we asked 21 musicians from across all genres to name their own Songs of the Summer… Read More

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“Bring Tissues to the Merch Table”: Sharon Van Etten on Therapy, Weed, and Her New Album ‘Are We There’

Next week, Sharon Van Etten will release her fourth album, Are We There (Jagjaguwar), an album of love and loss that’s just perfect for emoting along to. She spoke to us about the album’s lyrical highlights, along with her very real aspirations to become a therapist, the weird things that happen when she takes two puffs of a joint, and playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano. If you want to see her live, she’s hitting the road for dates scheduled through August, with more to be added through the end of the year. Her word of advice to showgoers: “Figure out how to bring tissues to the merch table.” (Personally, I think Sharon Van Etten-branded tissues would be synergy at its finest.) … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Sharon Van Etten, Lil Wayne, M.I.A.

So. Much. New. Music. This. Week. A respectful shout-out to Bob Dylan’s Frank Sinatra cover, but these songs were the soundtrack to my week.

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Sharon Van Etten Releases “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” Music Video

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has quietly crept into the mainstream, and her fourth album Are We There brings the beautiful “Every… Read More

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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in May

If you’re not listening to something new this May, do me a favor and ask yourself this: do you even like music? That’s how jam-packed the month is with new albums. It was difficult to pick just ten, so our “also out” section on the last page really is worth your time. Let’s start with the beginning of the month and work our way toward June.

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